Athlete Bios

Afewerki Zeru

Men's Marathon

Qualifying Time: 1:02:40
Qualifying Race: 2023 Gary Bjorklund Half Marathon

Afewerki Zeru
Date of Birth


Age on Race Day


Current Residence

Colorado Springs, CO


Colorado Springs, CO/Eritrea

High School

Rampart High School


Work part-time at the Colorado Running Company and Assistant Coach at Discovery Canyon High School

Marathon PB


Social Media
First Trials qualification


Number of attempts to qualify



University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Career Highlights
2022 NCAA Division II Champion, 5,000m; PBs: 5K, 13:44; 10K, 28:56; half marathon, 62:40; marathon, 2:18:54
Greatest Accomplishment
Knowing that I wake up everyday to chase some goals and being thankful for opportunities such as this race.
Interesting Story
Left his home with a group of friends in Eritrea at the age of 12 during civil war; was caught by Ethiopian soldiers and spent 4 years in a refugee camp before being sponsored by a refugee resettlement service in the U.S. Arrived in the U.S. in 2013 to live with a supportive foster family. Started running as a junior in high school as a way to stay in shape for soccer. Became a citizen in 2021 and earned a bachelor's degree in 2022.
Favorite Book

Running for my Life

Favorite Movie

Equalizer 3

Favorite TV Show/Series

Sofia The First

Favorite Song

Pray for me by Kendrick Lamar

Favorite Post-race Indulgence

Shoving myself in the fridge and eat anything and everything on sight

Favorite Breakfast


Favorite Motivational Quote
"The magic we seek is in the work we are avoiding;" "Remember that there is a difference between living and being alive; "Life is beautiful."
Favorite Running Memory
Getting pooped on by an owl in the middle of a run